Manchester United manager David Moyes is complaining about his clubs fixture list at the start of the season, and questioning if it had been fixed calling it “hard to believe”.

The reigning Premiership champions start the season with games against Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool at Anfield.

Moyes said: “I think it’s the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had.

“I hope it’s not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year [that] the fixtures have been made much more difficult.”

He added: “I find it hard to believe that’s the way the balls came out of the bag, that’s for sure.”

Moyes refused to speculate as to whether want to get away England striker Wayne Rooney will feature in their Saturday opener against Swansea away, despite Rooney playing for England in last night’s friendly against Scotland.

“It was great for Wayne to get fitness and he played for 65 minutes or so, so overall I was really pleased with the outcome,” said Moyes, who was at the game to watch Rooney and his club-mates Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.

“Hopefully when I get back to Old Trafford I will be able to tell you how he is and how his fitness is so. Until I assess that I can’t say any more.”

Manchester United has so far turned down two bids from Chelsea for the 27-year-old, who is has been hinting at a move away from Old Trafford.